Programme Director, German Programme
Poppke Suter, Geraldine
PhD University of Virginia
MA University of Virginia, James Madison University
Geraldine holds an MA and a PhD in German, with a Certificate in Comparative Literature, from the University of Virginia along with BA and MA degrees in English. After teaching in the United States at two research universities and directing the German programme at a liberal arts college, as well as serving as a visiting scholar at Freie Universität Berlin, Geraldine joined the German programme at HKU in 2021. She looks forward to interdisciplinary collaborations with her colleagues in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
Since 2007, Geraldine has been developing and teaching literature, language, culture, and travel courses in German and English, while also engaging with students individually through independent studies and honours theses, and advising student research projects and conference presentations.
Geraldine’s research interests span the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ranging from Kafka and Brecht to lyric poetry and transnational literatures. Her current scholarship includes a monograph on materialism and Marxism in Alfred Döblin’s dramas, along with an essay examining his Chinese and Berlin novels in a transpacific context. She is also exploring Christa Wolf’s concept of memory traces.
506, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
HKU Scholars Hub
Region and Language
Nineteenth century German literature, Twentieth century German literature, Bertolt Brecht, Alfred Döblin, Franz Kafka, Christa Wolf